Justice Oyedamola Ogala of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos today remanded three men, Prince Martins Nwadei, Oliseh Dikeh, Victor Oyebuchi in prison over an alleged $146,060 fraud.
The remand order followed their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for allegedly defrauding one Khanh Lai.
The EFCC alleged that the three defendants, between March 2012 and November 2014 defrauded Khanh Lai of different sums of money totaling $146,060 under the guise of helping him to recover a $20million asset belonging to a late US national, John Alex Ivan who died in Nigeria.
The EFCC also alleged that the defendants precisely on March 2012 deceived Mr Khanh into paying them $137, 380 as cost of recovering the said $20million asset.
The commission further claimed that one of the defendants, Oliseh Dikeh on March 2015 while posing as a lawyer demanded and received $8,680 as advance legal fee for the recovery of the fictitious asset.
To convince their victim of the authenticity of the fictitious asset, the EFCC claimed in the charge that the defendants forged a Supreme Court sworn affidavit of inheritance purportedly signed by Justice Aloma Mukhtar.
The defendants were also alleged to have forged a Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS payment extension document and an international passport for the late John Alex Ivan.
The charges according to the EFCC is contrary to section 1(1) and (3) of the advance fee fraud and other related offenses act no. 14, 2006.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the 4th defendant, Mr. C.A Mmakwe informed the court that all the defendants have been in EFCC custody since May and pleaded for expedition of hearing of their bail application which is before the court.
He regretted the attitude of the EFCC prosecution team which just served him with a counter affidavit in court in response to his earlier motion for bail.
EFCC lawyer, Mrs Zainab Ettu however told the court she was still within the time limited to file response to the defendants bail application.
After hearing arguments from counsels representing other defendants, the court adjourned the matter till September 6, 2018 for hearing of the bail application.